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Kamala Harris raises over $1.5 million in first 24 hours after announcing candidacy for president


'For the people'

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) only announced her candidacy for president on Monday, but she has already raised over $1.5 million toward her campaign.

What are the details of Harris' run?

Harris, who launched her campaign on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, said that she is planning to run for president in 2020, and said that it was time for her supporters to "claim our future."

A flashy announcement video cries, "Justice. Decency. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren't just words. They're the values we as Americans cherish. And they're all on the line now."

Harris plans to formally kick off her campaign in Oakland, California — her birthplace — on Sunday.

The ad continues, "The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values. That's why I'm running for president of the United States."

Other women who have announced their intentions to run for president include Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y).

And what about her fundraising?

On Tuesday, Politico reported that Harris' presidential campaign raised more than $1.5 million in the first 24 hours of launching the campaign.

Harris' campaign aides noted that the donations came from about 38,000 donors, and the average campaign donation thus far is $37.

Mike Nellis, Harris' digital strategist, also revealed that numbers on social media indicate a strong base of support for Harris.

"These numbers reveal a campaign powered by the people — an energetic, nationwide movement eager to elect Senator Harris and support her vision of an America that actually works for the people," Nellis said in an emailed statement to Politico.

According to the Harris campaign, the campaign's email list grew about 20 percent on Monday, and her Instagram account pulled in more than 100,000 new followers.

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